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January 04, 2012 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
LeCroy Corporation has announced its highest bandwidth (36 GHz) and highest sample rate (80 GS/s) silicon technologies in the LabMaster 10 Zi oscilloscopes. This advanced chipset represents technology capability well beyond that offered by other oscilloscope companies. When combined with the company's Digital Bandwidth Interleave (DBI) and LabMaster ChannelSync™ architecture, it delivers five times more channels, more silicon-based bandwidth, nearly double the silicon-based bandwidth using DBI, and pricing comparable to oscilloscopes with far less capability.
models are used with the LabMaster 10 Zi Master Control Module for easy expandability in channel count, and all models may be upgraded in bandwidth at a later date to up to 60 GHz. Customers who have made previous investments in LabMaster 9 Zi-A may mix and match those acquisition modules with the newly announced LabMaster 10 Zi models, preserving the customer's previous investment in LeCroy oscilloscopes.

Standard memory is 20 Mpts/ch (on all four channels, doubled when channels are bandwidth interleaved) with memory options of 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 Mpts/ch. Maximum analysis memory of 512 Mpts/ch (36 GHz) and 1024 Mpts/ch (60 GHz) is also an industry first, combining long acquisition captures with LeCroy's strong heritage of long memory analysis capability and advanced eye diagram/jitter analysis with the world's fastest and highest bandwidth density oscilloscopes.

The same software and hardware options, accessories, and probes available with previous generations of LabMaster are also available with the LabMaster 10 Zi.

The application space

LeCroy's LabMaster 10 Zi provides four channels of silicon-based 36 GHz bandwidth in a single acquisition module at an attractive price point of $283,150 — twice the channels for the same price of competitive 32 or 33 GHz oscilloscopes. 36 GHz bandwidth provides sub 10ps rise time (20-80%) measurement capability, near 100 fs(rms) jitter noise floor, capture of the fifth harmonic of 14.4 Gb/s serial data signals, and low noise performance. Four channels at maximum bandwidth provides the ability to debug crosstalk problems among multiple serial data lanes or from power distribution networks to a single serial data lane, or the ability to acquire both clock and data differential signals for serial data signals such as Quick Path Interconnect (QPI). At this price point, the silicon-based 36 GHz LabMaster 10 Zi is likely to become the new laboratory standard for high-speed SERDES measurements, replacing four-channel 20 GHz oscilloscopes in this application.

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